We all know that there are many many creatures on earth who are in danger of extinction. We can, of course, all do our bit, however small, to help protect our incredible diversity of nature.
Avoiding plastic as much as possible is a great start and it’s encouraging to see supermarkets getting on board and reducing their packaging materials.
By taking responsibility for the food we eat and the packaging we buy into, we are slowly but surely getting back to a more natural diet and lifestyle – with plenty of variations – and we are helping to save our beautiful world.
Even if it seems like you’re not making a difference, you are!
It’s easy to think, with millions of people in the world still pumping out carbon monoxide, processing plastics and eating non-food diets, that we can’t possibly make a difference, but we lead by example.
If you know your neighbour gets their milk delivered and you could afford to as well, you could switch to milk in glass bottles and reduce the plastic you buy, dramatically. Btw, milk definitely tastes better out of glass!
Anyway, I was going to talk about bees and flowers.
Bees are at risk at the moment and we really need to encourage these wonderful creatures to our gardens and parks. One of the problems with bees is that some of us get freaked out by them because they have a sting. But unless you are particularly allergic to bee stings, this needn’t be an issue. Bees don’t leave their hives in the morning with the intention of finding a human to sting. I promise 🙂
My daughter bought me a gift of ‘bee bombs’ earlier in the year. In case you haven’t seen them, they are available on Amazon …
Beebombs – Native Wildflower Seedballs
Beebombs are a mix of 18 British wildflower seeds, fine, sifted soil and locally sourced clay. These seeds are native species and designated as “Perfect for Pollinators”. Beebombs just need to be scattered onto cleared ground to create a wildflower meadow.
I planted them quite late in a fairly big tub-like pot and they came up in a couple of weeks. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of cornflowers and daisies and best of all, of course, bees! The little creature above was quite happy to put up with my photo shoot.
If you don’t want to do the ‘bee bomb’ thing, although I really do recommend it, you could sow your own wildflower garden or have pots of bee attracting flowers on balconies, patios or just outside your front or back door. Bees are most active between March and September (UK) and growing a variety of flowers that bloom at different times during this period will keep you and the bees happy.
Have a stroll around the garden centre and perhaps ask some knowledgeable shop assistants to steer you in the bee direction! I found a fun pack of bee attracting flower seeds at Thompson & Morgan but they only deliver in the UK.
Honey Bee Collection
A blend of 19 species of nectar and pollen rich annual and perennial flowers, which are proven favourites of honey bees in our gardens.This colourful flower mix is perfect for those gardeners wishing to encourage bees into their gardens. Height: 60cm (24″). Spread: 30cm (12″). Honey Bee Collection
It’s probably a little late in the year to sow seeds (especially as Autumn seems to have arrived early) but you may be able to grab a few flowering plants from the garden centre to enjoy for the rest of the , er, ‘summer’!
So, let’s get some flowers growing! Even if you can’t get it together this year, start planning your flower garden now and you could be attracting bees as early as March next year.
Flowers are incredible creations of nature. Some of the more exotic orchids are almost impossible to believe, this fly orchid looks like a fairy leaping from her armchair!
All flowers have their own beauty, even the humble daisy is a symbol of purity and attractive to bees. And the dandelion with its hundreds of bright yellow petals definitely shouldn’t be treated like a weed – although some gardeners may disagree with me 🙂
Heres to your Bee-autiful garden!